HOW TO SUPPORT ALL FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN IN THE KINDERGARTEN COMMUNITY
Diversity and its role in the settling in process
All families need support within a kindergarten setting. To support rainbow-identifying families specifically, families and educators can work together in a wide variety of ways. These steps do not exclusively support rainbow families; rather they provide a sense of belonging, inclusivity and pride in all families.
Early childhood is a crucial time to instil in children a sense of pride in family and identity, and an appreciation of diversity. By teaching children the importance of treating others equally and celebrating different families and cultures, carers and educators can have a significant impact on how children’s attitudes mature and develop. You are important in nurturing acceptance, harmony and inclusion.
Encourage your family to take action to challenge discrimination when they see it. Reinforce the themes of equality, inclusion and respect. Regardless of the debate taking place, all children have an equal right to play, learn, make friends and grow. Have books at home where diversity is celebrated. Think about the language used and how to ensure representation of diverse families in any communication.